1. Common reed bathed in the late afternoon sun.
2. Drifting showers.
3. Sun-down at Yelvertoft .
4. Crick tunnel's north portal.
We moored below Crack's Hill last week enjoying the welcome warmth of the sun as the coming of Spring gathers pace. Even so, the temperature dropped to sub-zero over a couple of nights. Those mornings gave rise to the canal 'crackling' as a thin coating of ice broke-up in the slight 'ebb and flow' of the surface warmed by the morning sunlight.
We've collected some windfall for logs from around the trees below Cracks Hill and yesterday restocked our bunker with 2cwt of coal purchased from 'Star Class Carrying', a working narrowboat operated and crewed by the owner Mark who plies his trade between Stockton and Shardlow.
The wind is blowing hard today but thankfully only pushing a spit of rain before it. We've decided to stay until after the weekend as we're collecting some mail from Crick Post Office, which is run by a really helpful and friendly couple, Chris and Margaret. (www.crickpostoffice.co.uk
Ginny is also wanting to make a return visit to the village butcher at Yelvertoft, which is open wednesday-saturday lunchtime, for some more of their 'own-produce' sausages and locally reared meat. Yummie!